Monitoring a Fritz!Box using RRDtool

RRDtool is a popular and versatile program to store and aggregate time-dependent data in way that the size needed for storage is not growing indefinitely. Furthermore it has a powerful plotting engine to generate nice graphs. It is therefore widely used to monitor network devices.

The popular Fritz!Box router can be queried using the TR-064 protocol for the number of transferred bytes. The Fritz Speed package brings these two together to enable monitoring and graphing the WAN traffic of the Fritz!Box.

Check the project on GitHub or directly go to the docs.

CarPlay nachgerüstet – Ein Erfahrungsbericht

Meine Voraussetzungen Ich fahre einen Mercedes CLK Baujahr 2003 und dieser hat ein einfaches Navi verbaut, welches so direkt keine Möglichkeiten zum Anschließen eines Telefons über Bluetooth oder zumindest Aux hat. So war die Idee, man müsste mal das Radio tauschen und glücklicherweise ist in der Mittelkonsole ein Doppel-DIN Schacht verbaut, den man doch mit […]

Fixing a RaspberryPi raspian SD Card

Recently I ran into an issue with my Raspberry Pi. It was not accessible over the network and the HDMI output showed no signal, too. The power LED on the RPi was lit, however the green LED showing SD card activity was not blinking when power was attached. On my RPi I was running the […]

New Beefy Storage Home Server – Part 1

The Aim After using my computing equipment for some time my desk got filled with 3 external hard drives containing backups and archived data such as videos, photos. Even worse these drives spin down after a while resulting in a 6 second lag when opening a file open or save panel. Furthermore the use of […]

Simple Samba Configuration for Public Shares

The Aim Sometimes it is necessary to share files from a POSIX operating system (Linux, FreeBSD, etc.) with Windows computers via the network. For this task Samba is the powerful interoperability suite which can handle this task. To distinguish between these two systems I will differentiate between POSIX (that is the samba server) and Windows […]

Writing a Parser Is Boring?

When interacting with different services or program there often comes the point where some sort of file has to be parsed into a data structure, which can be processed later. For standard file formats like XML or JSON parsers are available for almost any language out there. (BTW I love the graphical representation of the […]

Dancing the DHCP Samba

After a hardware failure of a Linux computer I took the chance to set up a Debian installation from scratch. So I saved the data that was important to a server, burned the Debian DVD and installed it on the computer. When it came to networking it got a little more complicated: as the server […]

Deploying a Wireless Network in Your House

The rise of mobile electronic devices, which need internet access has changed the demand we have on our home networks. The days are over where one had a single computer connected with a wire to the broad-band internet modem. WLANs became very popular because network client became more mobile. It started with the notebooks with […]

Neuer Löwe im Käfig

Seit gestern ist es draussen, das neue Mac OS 10.7 Lion. Das erste Release, dass nur noch online zu beziehen ist. Auf der einen Seite ist das sicherlich positiv, allerdings wenn man eine nicht sooo breitbandige Internetverbindung hat, kann der Download zur Geduldsprobe werden. Ich werde in einer kleinen Serie von Beiträgen berichten, wie die […]

Chrome OS – News von der Google I/O 2011

Am zweiten Tag der Google I/O 2011 wurden in der Keynote einige Neuerungen in Googles Chrome Browser und in Chrome OS vorgestellt. Der Unterschied zwischen diesen beiden besteht darin, daß es sich bei Chrome OS um ein komplettes Betriebssystem handelt, in nur eine Applikation läuft: ein Chrome Browser. Um noch einen weiteren ähnlichen Namen hinzuzufügen […]